Hello, sunshines, I am super excited to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour for; A Lady’s Guide To Mischief by Dianne Freeman. I can’t wait to share this fabulous book with you all, plus I have an exclusive interview with Dianne and there is a little giveaway at the end. I hope you love it as much as I do.
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: A Countess of Harleigh Mystery, Book 3
In Dianne Freeman’s charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sister’s wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance.
London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host—or hide—any number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily’s imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton’s family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuits—shooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens.
But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and it’s not simply the arrival of Frances’s socially ambitious mother. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall guests and staff alike. Before long, Frances suspects these “accidents” are deliberate, and fears that the intended victim is Lily’s fiancé, Leo. Frances’s mother is unimpressed by Lily’s groom-to-be and would much prefer that Lily find an aristocratic husband, just as Frances did. But now that Frances has found happiness with George—a man who loves her for much more than her dowry—she heartily approves of Lily’s choice. If she can just keep the couple safe from villains and meddling mamas.
As Frances and George search for the culprit among the assembled family, friends, and servants, more victims fall prey to the mayhem. Mishaps become full-blooded murder, and it seems that no one is safe. And unless Frances can quickly flush out the culprit, the peal of wedding bells may give way to another funeral toll…
Hi, Dianne Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Thank you. It’s lovely to be here!
Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Devious, diabolical troublemaker—when writing!
Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder is the third book in the Countess of Harleigh mystery series. My sleuth, Frances Wynn is a former American heiress and now widow to the Earl of Harleigh. She needs a venue outside of London to hold a speedy wedding for her sister. When her own fiancé offers his family home in Hampshire, she thinks her problems are solved. All she has to do is route the guests to Risings, join a shooting party which is already in progress, organize a small wedding for the end of the week. What could possibly go wrong?
I couldn’t resist the lure of a country house party and only wish I could attend one myself. Instead, I created one for my characters to enjoy. Eating, drinking, and flirting are the main attractions. In Mischief and Murder, it’s October, so, of course, the gentlemen are shooting, but there’s no shortage of amusements for the ladies either—riding, a visit to the village, rambling across the extensive grounds, or challenging the maze. There are picnic luncheons and archery competitions, mysterious accidents, and murder! After all, what’s a country house party without a murder?
This book sounds amazing, thank you, When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
I read quite a bit. I also enjoy long walks and working in the garden—I can be active while my mind gets to wander in its own direction.
If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m going to cheat on this one a little and say it would have to be a time-share so I can keep going somewhere different. There are just too many places I haven’t been or want to visit again to choose just one place. I would start with Paris since I’ve been trying to get there for the past two years and it just hasn’t worked out.
If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
Since I write a series, I’d hope to start at the beginning with A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder. I have to admit I had to get assistance with choosing an actress to play Frances—and the popular answer is Saoirse Ronan. After seeing her as Jo in Little Women, I agree!
When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?
I am definitely a plotter, which doesn’t mean I don’t deviate from that plot once I start writing, but I do want a structure to start with. Because I write crime fiction, I also plot the crime—the who, what, where, when, why, and how—before doing anything else. That way I know what motivated the criminal and what type of person my protagonist is up against.
What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Make sure you really love writing. There are so many easier ways to make a living and so many ways this career can break your heart. If you find joy in writing, that won’t matter. You get to do what you love.
Read, read, read!
Find your tribe—a group of like-minded people who really understand this writing thing you do.
Those are brilliant tips If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?
This could go so many ways, but I think I’ll stick with literary dinner companions and choose Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and Janet Evanovich. I’ve often thought if the latter two had ever collaborated, they’d have come up with a character like my Frances. It would be interesting to find out if I’m right. Jane Austen, just because!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Diane. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?
Anything I can pick up one at a time with my fingers—generally peanuts or popcorn.
Thank you, Frankie x
Thank you, Dianne, it was lovely chatting with you!
About the Author
Dianne Freeman is a life-long book lover who left the world of corporate finance to pursue her passion for writing. After co-authoring the non-fiction book, Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, she realized her true love was fiction, historical mystery in particular. She also realized she didn’t like winter very much so now she and her husband pursue the endless summer by splitting their time between Michigan and Arizona. She’s been nominated for an Agatha and the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and won the 2019 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, August 3
Review & Excerpt at Probably at the Library
Tuesday, August 4
Interview at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Wednesday, August 5
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Thursday, August 6
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Friday, August 7
Review at Bookish Rantings
Monday, August 10
Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective
Wednesday, August 12
Review at Hallie Reads
Thursday, August 13
Review at Book Bustle
Friday, August 14
Review & Excerpt at Gwendalyn’s Books
Monday, August 17
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves A Story
Tuesday, August 18
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Wednesday, August 19
Review at Books and Zebras
Thursday, August 20
Feature at I’m Into Books
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder + a $10 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form here – Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder
The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on August 21st. You must be 18 or older to enter.